What Is Osteochondrosis and How to Treat It?

What Is Osteochondrosis and How to Treat It?

Osteochondrosis is called unexplained pain and discomfort in the back and neck. Some doctors associate dizziness, memory loss, numbness of hands and other unpleasant symptoms with it. It is believed that the development of this disorder is caused by wear and age-related deformation of the intervertebral discs and other elements of the spinal column.

However, if you read the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), it turns out that osteochondrosis is a completely different violation. Evidence-based medicine with this concept denotes a group of rare diseases associated with impaired normal development and bone growth. As a rule, osteochondrosis begins in childhood. It is a serious condition in which part of a joint or bone sometimes dies.

In general, back pain has nothing to do with real osteochondrosis. 

If you have complained of discomfort in your spine and heard a diagnosis «osteochondrosis», it only means that your doctor does not adhere to international protocols.

But if it’s not osteochondrosis, then what?

Where do the symptoms of osteochondrosis come from?

In international medicine, if the patient complains of discomfort in the spine, he is given a symptomatic diagnosis — backache. He is extremely distributed: So, in the USA this symptom is the second most popular reason why people go to the doctor. In the first place — upper respiratory tract infections (ARI, flu).

90% of Americans at least once in their life experience back pain. This percentage may be well attributed to all of humanity. 

The causes of back pain can be different. Most often it is:

  • muscle strain associated with the fact that you lifted something heavy or sat in the same position for too long;
  • scoliosis (unhealthy curvature of the spine);
  • spinal hernia;
  • myalgia — muscle pain caused by various factors, from hypothermia to prolonged stress;
  • accidental injuries;
  • arthrosis of the joints of the spine, in which cartilage tissue is destroyed.

How to get rid of the pain?

Most often, back pain is unpleasant but not dangerous. Only in rare cases, it can be associated with serious pathologies of the spine — tumors, inflammatory processes, or, say, diseases of the internal organs that signal themselves «reflected» back pain.

In order not to miss a dangerous condition, with discomfort (especially if it lasts for weeks, is accompanied by high temperature or does not allow you to sleep and lead a normal lifestyle), you should consult a doctor — therapist, orthopedist, surgeon. But in most cases with «osteochondrosis» can be dealt with simple home methods.

Here's what for example, recommends do with back pain UK National Health Service.

1. Be as mobile as possible.

It used to be thought that it was better to lie down with back pain. But today the concept is different: the more you move, the better your condition. Take a walk, swim in the pool, do yoga and Pilates, try to lead an active lifestyle.

2. Exercise regularly for your back.

3. If necessary, take pain medication.

If discomfort in the back and neck spoil your life, you can take an ibuprofen-based remedy.

4. Learn to relax your back and remain optimistic

By relaxing, you can relieve muscle spasm — one of the most common provocateurs of back pain. Well, optimism will reduce stress and also contribute to relaxation...